City and Borough of Sitka

Press Releases and Public Service Announcements

 

Earthquake and Tsunami Awareness Public Meeting

4/18/2018 

Please join the City and Borough of Sitka for an Earthquake and Tsunami Awareness community presentation on Monday, April 23rd from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Harrigan Centennial Hall. Topics will cover community level tsunami hazard awareness, planning, response and operations. For more information contact the Sitka Fire Department at 747-3233.

 

 

April 17, 2018 Electrical Outage

4/17/2018   

Some customers experienced an outage on April 17, 2018 at 3:51 AM to 4:30 AM.  The outage primarily affected customers on the north side of the island. At 3:53 AM the Sitka Police Department reported that a vehicle hit a pole in the 3000 block area of HPR however the vehicle incident was not related to the electrical outage. The outage occurred during planned switching of our power system.  We want to thank our customers for their patience and understanding.  

 

 

Residential Electric Summer Seasonal Rate Change- Effective

April 1, 2018

4/11/2018   

The City and Borough of Sitka would like to remind our residential customers that as of April 1st electrical rates increased to the summer seasonal rate of $0.192 per kWh. This rate will continue until the last billing cycle in September when rates will again reduce to the winter seasonal rate of $0.120 per kWh.

 

Electric Utility Director Bryan Bertacchi, says the intent of including a seasonal electrical rate was to benefit year round residents. “Our resident community members benefited during the cold winter months with very low electric rates.  As a not-for-profit business, increasing the rates in April allows us to share the cost of our community owned electric utility with the seasonal visitors and provides the mechanism to keep our winter rates very low.”

 

Ordinance 2017-06S was approved by the Assembly on March 28, 2017, with a 4-1 vote. The ordinance permits a seasonal rate structure with lower kWh rates in the winter months and higher kWh rates in the summer. 

 

Some citizen’s utility bills are affected to a greater degree due to utility bill cycles. Utility bills are broken into 4 cycles. The electrical consumption generated in March but billed in April, will be charged the seasonal summer rate. The opposite occurs in the fall, the electrical consumption generated in September but billed in October, will be charged the seasonal winter rate.

 

Cycle Number

Start Date (of the month)

End Date (of the month)

Bill Date

1

7th

6th

7th

2

14th

13th

14th

3

21st

20th

21st

4

28th

27th

28th

 

Example: Cycle 1 would have a Start Date of March 7th, an End Date of April 6th, and a Bill Date of April 7th.

 

Electric utility bills consist of the period consumption, multiplied by the seasonal rate, plus the base customer charge, currently $20.48.

 

For more information, contact the Electric Department at 747-4000.

 

 

Planning Commission Meeting

4/16/2018   

The Planning Commission will hold a regular meeting on Thursday, April 26, 2018 in Harrigan Centennial Hall at 7:00 p.m. More information can be found at https://sitka.legistar.com/Calendar.aspx.

 

 

Library Commission Meeting

4/13/2018   

The Library Commission for the City & Borough of Sitka is scheduled to meet for a vision session April 25 at 6:00 p.m. to explore roles and responsibilities as board members of the Commission & to review Robert's Rules. The meeting is open to everyone. For further information, please visit the library at 320 Harbor Drive, call (907) 747-4021, or email Andrew.Murphy@cityofsitka.org.

 

 

Audiobook Collection Recommendations Sought at SPL

4/02/2018  

Sitka Public Library would like to thank the White Elephant for their generous contribution of $2500 to be used for the Library's audiobook collection. Sitka Public Library welcomes the community to visit the Library during the month of April to make recommendations of purchase for the audiobook collection. A suggestion box with recent audiobook catalogs will be placed in the New Arrivals section of Sitka Public Library.

 

 

2018 Spring Cleanup

3/30/2018   

205 JARVIS STREET TRANSFER STATION

WILL BE OPEN THE FOLLOWING TIMES DURING THE SPRING CLEANUP:

SATURDAY, April 14th thru SUNDAY, April 22nd 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.

 

All RESIDENTIAL property owners are encouraged to clean up their property and haul all acceptable refuse to the Jarvis Street Transfer Station FREE OF CHARGE during SPRING CLEANUP.

No batteries, paint or metals. Commercial waste will be charged at the standard rate. Computer Monitors and TVs will be accepted and charged $12 each.

 

SAWMILL CREEK SCRAP YARD

WILL BE OPEN THE FOLLOWING TIMES DURING SPRING CLEANUP:

SATURDAY, April 14th thru SUNDAY, April 22nd 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.

 

Junk vehicles, scrap metal, white goods, aluminum boats, boat trailers, & properly cleaned fuel tanks accepted FREE of charge.

Yellow Spring cleanup garbage bags can be picked up at the Fire Hall

 

Vehicles ¾ ton rated or smaller will be accepted free of charge at the Sawmill Cove Scrap Yard. Vehicles 1 ton rated or larger and oversized vehicles such as RVs and Buses will be charged at the standard rate and accepted by scheduled appointment only. No heavy equipment will be accepted during this event. Inside of Vehicles must be clean of all garbage

 

Vehicles MUST be accompanied with a Title OR a notarized 849 DMV form to be accepted.

VEHICLES MUST BE TOWED AT OWNER’S EXPENSE

 

Vehicles ¾ ton rated or smaller will be accepted free of charge at the Sawmill Cove Scrap Yard. Vehicles 1 ton rated or larger and oversized vehicles such as RVs and Buses will be charged at the standard rate and accepted by scheduled appointment only. No heavy equipment will be accepted during this event. Inside of Vehicles must be clean of all garbage

 

HOUSEHOLD HAZARDOUS WASTE COLLECTION

3/30/2018

THE WASTEWATER TREATMENT PLANT WILL BE OPEN THE FOLLOWING TIMES:

SATURDAY, April 21st 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. and

SUNDAY, April 22nd - 8 a.m. - 3 p.m.

 

FREE for households and certain small businesses is scheduled at the WWTP, 100 Alice Loop, located off Airport Road.  Waste will be accepted during these times ONLY

Household Hazardous Waste will NOT be accepted at the Transfer Station or Sawmill Cove Scrap Yard.

 

RECYCLABLES / RESIDENTIAL YARD WASTE / JUNKED BOATS

Recyclables – Residents are encouraged to recycle all glass, tin cans, aluminum, #1 and #2 plastics and corrugated cardboard  at the Recycling Center located at 802 Sawmill Creek Road (across from the National Cemetery). Unbroken Fluorescent bulbs are only accepted at the Transfer Station on Saturday’s from 12 p.m. – 1 p.m. and normally cost $.50 to recycle, customers are charged on their utility bill.   During Spring Cleanup event (April 14-22) residential fluorescent bulbs will be accepted FREE OF CHARGE (no commercial).

 

Residential Yard Waste - Up to 5 cubic yards of residential yard waste per customer will be accepted FREE OF CHARGE at the  Granite Creek Waste Area, 401 Granite Creek Road (left side) weekends only during Spring Cleanup (April 14-22) from 8 a.m.- 4 p.m. (pickup truck loads only). Commercial operators' waste is not part of Sitka's Spring Cleanup and must be paid for.

 

Junk Boats – Will be charged at the standard rate according to size. Boats must be clean of any debris including engines, outdrives, fuel tanks etc. WOODEN or FIBERGLASS Boats will be accepted at the Sitka Landfill by appointment only.  Metal boats will be accepted at the Sawmill Cove Scrap Yard. Contact PW Maintenance Shop at 747-4041 to schedule disposal at the Sitka Landfill.

 

For more information contact Public Works at 747-1804.

 

 

Spring 2018 Free Household Hazardous Waste Collection Event

Saturday, April 21st (8:00 A.M. - 4:00 P.M.)

Sunday, April 22nd (8:00 A.M. - 3:00 P.M.)

3/30/2018   

WHO'S ELIGIBLE:  All households, certain small businesses and government agencies are eligible to dispose of up to 200 lbs. of waste per year.  Please contact the Public Works Office at 747-1804 for more information.

 

WHAT'S ELIGIBLE:  Solvents, oil, paint, antifreeze, cleaners, poisons, acids, batteries, caustics, furniture stripper, herbicides, pesticides, flares, printing & photographic chemicals.

 

WHAT'S NOT ELIGIBLE:  Explosives, blasting caps and gun powder, reactives such as sodium metal and radioactive wastes, and fluorescent bulbs.

 

WHERE:  Deliver your items to the Wastewater Treatment Plant, 100 Alice Loop, located off Airport Road. 

 

Please DO NOT deliver items prior to or after the event times.     

  

Sponsored by City & Borough of Sitka

 

 

Administrator’s Corner – March 2018

Blog from Municipal Administrator Keith Brady

3/22/2018  

The Administrator’s Corner blog will be a regular feature on www.cityofsitka.com.

 

Government gets a bad rap. I’m the first to admit, I have concerns with how our state and federal government is conducting itself. I have heard it many times, I’ve seen it, and I believe it: government is best, closest to the people. The people have more control and say in their local governments. In small communities like ours, you will probably know the elected officials, maybe even grew up with them, or babysat them.

 

Having been an elected official and now seeing the Assembly grapple with choices they have made and the choices they face, I am reminded of a quote I’ve read by President Theodore Roosevelt, “It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.”

 

These aren’t just words for elected officials but all those who volunteer, serve and work to better the community in whatever sphere of influence they have. They might stumble, fall, and even be wrong, but at least they are trying something and working towards solutions. I enjoy talking with the people and hearing their concerns, I especially like those who have possible solutions to problems or concerns. To quote President Roosevelt again, “Complaining about a problem without posing a solution is called whining.” I know that we might not all have a solution, but if we are willing to seek and entertain possibilities we will be more prosperous than the NIMBYs (Not In My Back Yard) and those that are resistant to change.

 

The City and Borough of Sitka has various boards, commissions and committees comprised of volunteer citizens who are interested in helping to shape the future of Sitka. By participating on one of these advisory bodies, YOU can make an important contribution to our community. Commissions make informed recommendations to the Assembly on programs, issues, and permits, and ensures a strong


public voice. Sitka's Boards, Committees and Commissions include the Animal Hearing Board, the Employment Relations Board, the Gary Paxton Industrial Park Board of Directors, Health Needs and Human Services Commission, Historic Preservation Commission, Hospital Board, Investment Committee, Library Commission, Local Emergency Planning Committee, Parks and Recreation Committee, the Planning Commission, Police and Fire Commission, Port and Harbors Commission, and the Tree and Landscape Committee. If you’re interested in being considered for a board or commission appointment, please submit an application and letter of interest to the City Clerk's office. Contact Deputy Clerk Melissa Henshaw at 747-1826 for more information and for current openings.

 

I chose public service to make it work more effectively. I encourage all Sitkans to do the same.

 

 

FY2017 Independent Audit Has No Findings or Directed Adjustments

3/12/2018  

Sitka, Alaska –The City and Borough of Sitka Finance Department recently received the Independent Auditor’s Report and opinion from auditors BDO USA, LLP.

 

Chief Finance and Administrative Officer Jay Sweeney, said “I am very proud to say that the Municipality had no auditor-directed adjustments and no single audit act findings this year. All prior audit-related issues have been completely resolved. Having a completely clean audit (no findings, no adjustments) is rarely achieved by governmental organizations.”

 

By City Charter, the Assembly oversees an annual audit by an independent auditor. The report states that an audit includes evaluating the appropriateness of accounting policies used and the reasonableness of significant accounting estimates made by management, as well as evaluating the overall presentation of the financial statements.

 

BDO USA, LLP, issued the “opinion, based on their audit and the report of the other auditors, the financial statements referred to above present fairly, in all material respects, the respective financial position of the governmental activities, the business-type activities, the aggregate discretely presented component units, each major fund, and the aggregate remaining fund information of the City and Borough of Sitka, as of June 30, 2017, and the respective changes in financial position and, where applicable, cash flows thereof for the year then ended in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America”.

 

Due to the scope and complexity of the accounting performed by the City and Borough of Sitka, as well as stringent audit standards, it took auditors five months to complete their review.

 

The finalized audit allows for publishing of the FY2017 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR) which was prepared by municipal staff. Staff spent over 200 hours preparing the report. The CAFR has been submitted to the Government Finance Officers Association for consideration for a Certificate Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting.  

 

Administrator Keith Brady thanked Director Sweeney and the Finance Department for their dedication to excellence. “We are blessed to have such a skilled staff,” said Brady.

 

Both the BDO USA, LLP, Independent Auditor’s Report and the Comprehensive Annual Financial Report are available at www.cityofsitka.com under the Finance Department. 

 

For more information, contact Administration at 907-747-1808.

 

 

The Superior Court Upholds CBS’s Procurement Methodology on GPIP Dock

3/02/2018 

Sitka, Alaska – The Sitka Superior Court recently ruled in favor of the City and Borough of Sitka’s (CBS) decision to use a design-build contract to procure a multi-purpose dock facility at the Gary Paxton Industrial Park (GPIP).

 

In 2012, CBS received an approximately $7.5 million grant from the State of Alaska to construct a multi-purpose dock facility at GPIP. During the procurement phase of the project, CBS determined that the cost to construct the project far exceeded the available budget. To meet this challenge, CBS decided that it would use a design-build procurement methodology to obtain the best value at the most economic cost. Upon learning of CBS’s approach, plaintiff Marko Dapcevich argued the City’s Charter only permitted hard dollar competitive bids for public projects. Dapcevich alleged that CBS violated the Charter and filed a Superior Court Complaint on March 30, 2017. The Complaint was amended April 18, 2017, naming Mayor Matthew Hunter and former Municipal Administrator Mark Gorman in their individual capacities.

 

CBS strongly disagreed with Dapcevich’s claims as the Public Works Department had diligently pursued the most efficient and economical approach to procuring the GPIP floating dock facility. The CBS team thoughtfully reviewed various procurement approaches and properly followed the City Charter and Sitka General Code (Code) in the selection of a contractor for the project. The parties filed a series of motions seeking a judicial decision on their respective legal rights.

 

After reviewing the motions and conducting an oral argument, the Superior Court upheld CBS’s position on the Charter and Code issuing a sixty-nine page decision establishing that the City’s procurement approach and its interpretation of the Charter and Code was legal. With Dapcevich’s agreement not to appeal, CBS agreed not to seek payment of partial attorney’s fees available by court rule.

 

The decision promotes the public’s best interest by paving the way for the City’s future use of all modern economic and efficient procurement methods for public improvement projects.

 

For more information, contact Administration at 907-747-1808.

 

 

Crescent Harbor Playground Closed

3/02/2018  
The Crescent Harbor Playground will be closed Monday, March 5 weather permitting until further notice. Construction will begin for the new playground at the same site. We apologize for any inconvenience. Please contact the City and Borough of Sitka at 747-1804 with any questions.

 

 

Love Your Library

2/05/2018

Sitka Public Library kicks off a new program, Love Your Library, a community engagement campaign on social media for residents of Sitka to share book & movie recommendations with each other. Every week, Sitka Public Library hopes to post a photo of someone taken at the Library with their favorite library resource and a brief quote about why they love the Library or library resource. It can be any material (book, movie, CD, periodical or materials from the Local History Room) or highlighting a service or program at the Library – or even just the view from the windows! Drop by the Library on Tuesday, February 13, from 6:30 to 7:30, or anytime during Library hours, and tell us why you Love Your Library.

 

For more information, please call the library at 747-8708.

 

 

Electric Meter Accessibility Reminder

11/17/2017

With winter approaching, the City and Borough of Sitka’s Electric Department would like to take a moment to remind our customers of the importance of accessibility in regards to your electric meter. Reduced daylight and inclement weather can make reading and servicing your meter more difficult and hazardous during the winter months. The City asks that you please take a few moments to make sure there is a clear path to access your electric meter, as well as clear away any vegetation or other obstructions that may restrict visibility or access to your electrical service. The Electric Department thanks you for your help in making sure that we are able to continue serve you in the safest, most efficient way possible.

 

 

Changes to Recycling Program

11/07/2017

The City and Borough of Sitka Recycling Center will no longer be accepting Plastics 3 through 7 or mixed paper for recycle. Worldwide demand for recyclable products has declined and forced Republic Services, our waste collection contractor, to stop accepting the materials. Cardboard, Tin, Aluminum, glass, and plastics 1 and 2 will continue to be collected. For more information, visit cityofsitka.com. We apologize for any inconvenience.

 

 

Changes to Electric Utility Policies
11/02/2016 The City and Borough of Sitka Assembly recently approved changes to the Electric Utility Policies, including elimination of courtesy disconnection notices, increased fees for disconnects, rate increases and other changes to service connection, billing and credit policies. If you need information about the many convenient ways to pay your bill or are struggling to pay, contact the City and Borough of Sitka at 747-1818.

 

Moller Park Playground Closures
03/11/2016

The west and east playgrounds at Lower Moller Park are closed until further notice. The City and Borough of Sitka’s number one priority is safety and a recent audit shows that the playgrounds are not in compliance with safety standards. The City and Borough of Sitka Parks and Recreation Department apologizes for the inconvenience. For more information, call Public Works Department at 747-1804.

 

 

Utility Customer Service Hours at City Hall
12/1/2014

Effective December 1st, Utility Customer Service hours at City hall will be 10:00 am to 4:00 pm Monday through Friday. Telephonic Customer Service will be limited.